Karen Middleton
is The Saturday Paper’s chief political correspondent.

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News October 12, 2019

Crackdown on large cash transactions

While the government’s proposal to restrict large cash payments is intended to limit criminal activity, opponents of the bill – including some of the Coalition’s own MPs – warn the legislation could ensnare ordinary citizens.

News October 05, 2019

Trump call pulls Morrison into US scandal

As Donald Trump faces the threat of impeachment, Scott Morrison is carefully balancing his responses to the US president’s request for assistance.

News September 28, 2019

Peter Dutton’s latest citizenship move

Legal experts warn that the government’s latest attempt to strip citizenship from dual nationals may cause more problems than it resolves.

News September 21, 2019

The murky ethics of political donations

As Gladys Liu faces questions about raising $1 million for the Liberal Party, a repentant Sam Dastyari is calling for an end to the ‘arms race’ of political donations.

News September 14, 2019

Albanese attempts to pacify backroom disquiet

While Labor faces a raft of legislation intended to split the party’s loyalties, the opposition leader has dismissed critics in his ranks who say he is capitulating to Scott Morrison’s agenda.

News September 07, 2019

Divisions over the religious discrimination bills

The religious anti-discrimination legislation is being closely examined by interested groups.

News August 31, 2019

CIA agents in Australia

In a new book, veteran journalist Brian Toohey argues that covert CIA operatives have worked in Australia for decades, something the government has long denied.

News August 24, 2019

Scott Morrison navigates first year as PM

One year into his prime ministership – and on the back of deploying Australian maritime forces to the Middle East – Scott Morrison is trying to create an impression of a fresh, new government.

News August 03, 2019

Exclusive: Police bypass courts for warrants

New figures reveal 78 per cent of interception warrants were signed off  by members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, not by a judge.

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